Deep in the bowels of Paisley Park, the recording studio compound Prince built in Chanhassen, Minnesota, lies a room-sized vault. It looks like something you’d find in a bank, with a big wheel on the door and a spinning combination lock only a few people can open. The walls are lined with shelves, organized chronologically and bursting with unreleased recordings. The trove includes funk instrumentals, a rock power trio, jam sessions with Miles Davis. A lifetime’s worth of songs, videos, documentaries, and more. No one knows how many. Hundreds, certainly. Thousands, probably.
If you know anything about Prince, the one-of-a-kind, made-you-believe-in-aliens musician who died Thursday at the age of 57, that won’t surprise you. Making music was like breathing to him. Not in a existential, touchy-feely way (though probably that too), but simply in that he did both all the tim...
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